To hashtag or not to hashtag

15:16 PM (2 Days ago) Editorial Desk
The serial social media ‘hasthager’. We all know at least one. In fact, you should know a few if you are a regular social media user. They’re the ones who include at least five or six random hashtags per post. #nofilter #selfie #blessed #followme #tagsforlife #quoteoftheday. But is it really necessary? 

Grey Africa’s Jessica Wheeler honoured as a Rising Star

15:09 PM (2 Days ago) Awards
The annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards honour individuals between the ages of 28 and 40 whose inspiration and passion combined with their capacity for achievement and success make them stand out among their peers in their various sectors. 

School of Rock amps up for its Pink Floyd The Wall Season Show

15:00 PM (2 Days ago) Media News
Every aspiring musician’s dream is to perform live on stage in front of an audience. School of Rock Claremont, the local leader in performance-based music education, is giving its students a chance to play their hearts out on stage at The School of Rock Pink Floyd The Wall Season Show. 

Questions to ask before you click ‘post’

14:23 PM (2 Days ago) Opinion

In the midst of the content marketing rush, great content is becoming increasingly elusive. While everyone tries to become a content publisher, Desiree Gullan, creative director of Gullan&Gullan Digital says “let’s take a step back and look at what we’re doing”.

Zinto Walked the Talk for autism

13:58 PM (2 Days ago) CSI

Now in its fifteenth year, the 702 Walk the Talk is a popular sporting event on Jo’burg’s calendar that encourages entrants to walk for a cause, belief or charity and pave the way for a chosen initiative. 

Daniella van Wyk appointed account executive at Jam Media

12:46 PM (2 Days ago) New Appointments

Jam Media, the 360 communications consultancy, has appointed Danielle Van Wyk as account executive.

Suzelle sells her stuff on Gumtree

12:31 PM (2 Days ago) Advertising News

In her latest video Suzelle DIY, declutters her burgeoning cupboard and sells the items on Gumtree. Now viewers can own an authentic weird or wonderful Suzelle-ified item.

Urban Brew Studios tasked with first ever Disney Channel local production in SA

11:05 AM (2 Days ago) Media News
Urban Brew Studios is honoured to have been commissioned to produce Disney Channel’s first ever South African TV production, I Love Violetta. The weekly companion series for the third season of Disney Channel’s telenovela Violetta will air this September. 

Web design and development can work in harmony

10:56 AM (2 Days ago) Opinion
Many people often lump web design and web development together as if they were the same thing. They certainly sound similar enough to mean the same thing, but they’re actually vastly different disciplines. This is according to South African integrated marketing agency, 360eight.

The Gauteng Breastfeeding Forum joins Milke Matters for The Big Latch-On

10:07 AM (2 Days ago) CSI
The Gauteng Breastfeeding Forum, an NGO company, has partnered with Milk Matters to launch The Big Latch-On event in light of Breastfeeding Awareness week from Saturday, 1 to Saturday, 8 August 2015. 

AKA and Khuli Chana will headline ANALOGUE NITES this August

9:27 AM (2 Days ago) Entertainment

AKA and Khuli Chana will be headlining at Nedbank’s ANALOGUE NITES in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Thursday, 6 August.

Facebook introduces new security tool to manage your account

8:49 AM (2 Days ago) Social Media News
We want everyone to have a safe experience on Facebook. That’s why we have dedicated teams and intelligent security systems working around the clock to help keep your account secure. So says Melissa Luu-Van, product manager at Facebook

The Red Zone is joining forces with Financial Mail

7:57 AM (2 Days ago) Marketing News
Popular marketing website is joining forces with the Financial Mail. The new partnership sees the Redzone website taking up residence in the ‘Media & Advertising’ section of the Financial Mail website. 

Simonsays Communications takes care of L'Opulence

15:51 PM (3 Days ago) New Accounts

L’Opulence in Sandton has appointed Simonsays as the communications agency to ensure it’s regarded as one of Sandton’s finest culinary destinations. The agency has already initiated an influencer campaign, which is being supported with publicity and social media, as well as above the line placements.

Join Black Coffee and get a Casual day sticker

15:39 PM (3 Days ago) CSI

DJ Black Coffee has his Casual Day sticker and will be joining millions of South Africans on Friday, 4 September in raising funds for persons with disabilities.

TEDxCapeTown tickets are now available

15:26 PM (3 Days ago) Events

Already in its fifth year, TEDxCapeTown 2015 tackles the delicate and highly relevant paradox of openness, access and control. As a non-profit organisation dedicated to ‘Ideas worth Spreading’, TEDxCapeTown continues to challenge perceptions and engage their audience.

CANSA provides education and information around cancer during its Care Week

15:15 PM (3 Days ago) CSI

As part of CANSA Care Week during August, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)’s Mobile Health Clinics are providing cancer education and information to help reduce the cancer risk as well as cancer screening and early detection programmes.

Mthuli Bam moves up at Y&R

14:51 PM (3 Days ago) People on the Move

Y&R South Africa recently promoted Mthuli Bam, a senior TV producer that has been with the agency for more than half a decade, to head of electronic production. 

What’s so important about brand activations?

14:49 PM (3 Days ago) Editorial Desk
An opportunity to interact and connect with your target audience should never be underestimated. After all, just one interaction can put you ahead of your competitor and can place you top of mind whenever someone is looking for a product or service you offer. Who doesn’t want that?

Idols SA auditions move to Johannesburg

14:38 PM (3 Days ago) Entertainment
“It doesn’t get more real than this,” Idols SA’s longest-serving judge Randall Abrahams notes as the Idols SA season 11 audition tour reaches its final stop at Carnival City outside Johannesburg this week.


Ogilvy & Mather celebrate 30 years with art

14:16 PM (3 Days ago) Advertising News

Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) SA has launched the David Ogilvy Mural at their Johannesburg campus in Bryanston, to celebrate the 30-year milestone since O&M Worldwide merged with the South African agency, Rightford Searle-Tripp & Makin, in 1985.

Marsh Africa donates DeskBags

14:06 PM (3 Days ago) CSI

In lieu of Nelson Mandela Month as well as Marsh Africa’s ongoing commitment towards education, the firm handed over 590 DeskBags to underprivileged school children at the Sefikeng Primary School, which is based on the Leeuwkop Prison grounds. 

The Port Elizabeth Express increases its print run

12:47 PM (3 Days ago) Media News

The Ads24 local title Port Elizabeth Express has extended its reach in the Eastern Cape. Already the largest local title in the province, it will increase its print run in September from 90 000 to 100 000 copies weekly.

What to look forward to at the IPRA World Congress and Exhibition

12:03 PM (3 Days ago) Publicity News

The 60th International Public Relations Association (IPRA) 2015 World Congress and Exhibition is taking place in South Africa in September. The event will feature new additions that the organisers believe will make the experience one to remember.

Expand a Sign announced as finalist for KZN Top Business Awards

11:49 AM (3 Days ago) Awards
Expand a Sign were recently announced as a finalist in the Manufacturing Category at the KZN Top Business Awards, powered by eLan Property Group.

LG invites lifestyle bloggers to document the creation of SA's biggest wall mural

11:41 AM (3 Days ago) Media News
You couldn’t always tell back in the day, but the world you saw on old school TV screens didn’t always match up to the vibrant place you lived in every day. It didn’t matter if you watched live sport, the news or a movie, there was a disconnect between the rich colours of reality and the ones on screen.

South African film Tell Me Sweet Something to (finally) be released in September

11:34 AM (3 Days ago) Media News
Five years in the making, Tell Me Sweet Something is more than just a love story – it’s a labour of love. While Johannesburg isn’t normally seen as a romantic film location, it’s exactly where Akin Omotoso has wanted to make a Jozi-style Love Jones for some time. And time was just what was needed before it finally saw the light of day.

Carly Rae Jepsen is coming to South Africa in October

11:23 AM (3 Days ago) Entertainment
Hilltop Live Africa and Universal Music South Africa, in partnership with 94.7 and MTV have announced two dates for Carly Rae Jepsen, the Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum-selling Canadian recording artist, as part of her E.MO.TION album release in South Africa.

The Zone @ Rosebank wins ICSC Solal Marketing Award for Magnum Pleasure Store

11:20 AM (3 Days ago) Awards
The Zone @ Rosebank, one of Johannesburg’s premier destinations for fashion, food and entertainment, has won a prestigious International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) Solal Marketing Award for hosting the first Magnum Pleasure Pop-up Store in South Africa.

ABF Pub Quiz to raise funds for advertising and media professionals in need

11:11 AM (3 Days ago) Advertising News
The ABF’s next Pub Quiz is set for Tuesday, 18 August at 'Fillet Signature Cut' in Douglasdale. “Fillet is a great supporter of the ABF and was an obvious choice to host our pub quiz,” says committee member Olav Westphal.

SAMSA CEO challenges others to give back

11:00 AM (3 Days ago) CSI

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) CEO, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, gave back to his community and challenged his executive committee members do the same during a visit to his community in Bophelong in the Vaal.

Jam Media wins the Kill Cliff account

10:57 AM (3 Days ago) New Accounts
International functional recovery drink company, Kill Cliff Inc. has appointed 360 degree communications agency, Jam Media, to manage their comprehensive communication strategy in South Africa Jam Media will focus on PR, social media, brand activation and events. 

The Parlotones at the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens

10:44 AM (3 Days ago) Events

On Sunday, 30 August, the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series makes history, when both the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and the Walter Sisulu National Garden will host performances by iconic South Africa artists.  

Why the Loeries matter

10:27 AM (3 Days ago) Opinion

John Beale, managing director of the Cape Town branch of MEC Nota Bene, a global communications strategy, planning and buying agency, says the Loeries play an important role in the media industry. presents FaF

10:09 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News

FaFing or fire and forgetting is a digital communication process that creates an automated Communication Journey that nurtures leads in a highly personal manner.

Cycle for Cansa at the Lost City

9:41 AM (3 Days ago) CSI

Concerned cyclists will be doing their bit for cancer awareness when they sign up for the Lost City Cycle 4 Cansa weekend, presented by Bestmed, on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 August.

5FM invites Joburg to Live Loud

9:21 AM (3 Days ago) Events

5FM is set to host a huge outdoor music event this year. Joburg Live Loud will go down on Saturday, 12 September at Marks Park and feature the biggest names in local music.

Getting to know the multi-talented Relebogile Mabotja

9:02 AM (3 Days ago) Interviews

Relebogile ‘Lebo’ Mabotja is a woman of many talents. She acts, composes, presents across platforms, produces, directs and shares her knowledge on a YouTube series. For the past 12 years Mabotja has been a firm fixture in the South African entertainment scene, and from the sounds of things, that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Neo Mashigo to depart Ogilvy & Mather

7:23 AM (3 Days ago) People on the Move
Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) South Africa has announced the resignation of Neo Mashigo, co-executive creative director of the Johannesburg office. He will depart the agency at the end of August to pursue his ambition of being an entrepreneur. 

Wired Communications partners up with UK-based Athene Communications

6:44 AM (3 Days ago) Publicity News
Cape Town PR and communications agency, Wired Communications is now twinned with UK-based PR and Communications consultancy Athene Communications. The arrangement allows both companies to share experiences and for employees to develop new ways of working.

Listicles and why we need them

14:30 PM (4 Days ago) Editorial Desk
Although the format is still gaining traction in South Africa, internationally, ‘listicles’ are rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of content. But why are article lists so big at the moment?

Behind the scenes of South African-produced series, Black Sails

14:07 PM (4 Days ago) Interviews
The first season of the Emmy Award-winning adventure series, Black Sails, will be screened in South Africa from August. Set in the 18th century during the golden age of piracy, it was filmed at Cape Town Film studios and produced by Michael Bay.

Newsclip's Gate5 goes social

12:57 PM (4 Days ago) Marketing News

Newsclip has recently incorporated a social media stream into its Gate5 delivery platform. 

J.C Le Roux achieves ICON status

11:03 AM (4 Days ago) Awards

J.C. Le Roux has been declared a consumer ICON for the second time and winner of the wine category for the fifth year running in the Ask Afrika ICON Brand Survey.

Crowdfunding to save Divas Unite

11:00 AM (4 Days ago) CSI
Crowdfunding is growing at a rapid pace all over the world, changing the way companies, non-profits and brands work. With sponsorship and fundraising becoming far more difficult to obtain, many organisations are turning to this method of raising funds for charitable events and worthy beneficiaries. 

This week with the One Rand Family

10:47 AM (4 Days ago) Marketing News

As the One Rand Family continue their epic endeavour – to live only on R1’s for the month of July – it becomes clear in the fourth week of the social experiment by Sanlam that their mindsets are shifting. 

2015 DStv Seminar of Creativity will bring together global leaders in creativity

10:32 AM (4 Days ago) Advertising News

The DStv Seminar of Creativity at 2015 Loeries Creative Week will bring together seven global leaders in creativity who will share insights on brand communication trends by interpreting the topic ‘Creativity Adds’ from their own career perspective. 

Sunfoil scoops an ICON Brand Award

10:11 AM (4 Days ago) Awards

Sunfoil, the Willowton Group’s sunflower oil brand, was named category winner at the 2015/2016 ICON Brand Awards presented by Ask Afrika/Target Group Index (TGI).

Jennifer Rush is coming to South Africa later this year

10:10 AM (4 Days ago) Entertainment
International singing superstar and 80’s icon Jennifer Rush is set to tour Southern Africa over October and November 2015 with a series of concerts across South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. 

Havas study explores brand opportunities in music

9:35 AM (4 Days ago) Case Studies

Havas Sports & Entertainment’s second Fans.Passions.Brands study reveals some surprising facts about music and its fans. They believe music is a great channel for brands to connect with their target audiences.

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